The Grizzly Paw Fest Märzen

Reviewed by on October 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

  • Origin: Canmore, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 1, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled September 28, 2016

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Coming out for general provincial release right at the tail end of its two most important events (Alberta Beer Week, and of course, Oktoberfest), this Märzen from Canmore’s Grizzly Paw Brewing is aptly timed (were that it had a touch of pumpkin or spice in it, eh?).

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with one pudgy finger of faintly bubbly and mostly wispy dirty white head, which leaves a pleasant array of spooky woodland lace around the glass as things quickly move along.

It smells of bready, almost pastry-like caramel malt, further biscuity toffee, a bit of apple and pear fruitiness, and soft earthy, leafy, and somewhat floral hops. The taste is more grainy, doughy, and sort of toasted caramel malt, watery toffee, a soft black and white pepper spice, subtle yeast, a hint of elevated metallic booziness, and some decently bitter earthy, leafy, and weedy noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is duly adequate for the job, via its playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee nascent creaminess arising as things warm up a bit. It finishes off-dry, and still robustly malty – the hops continuing to play subservient second fiddle.

Grizzly Paw’s Märzen is what it should be, a cracker shot malt bomb, sure, but somehow not overly sweet, which engenders strong notions of putting back more and more.  Too bad, however, that I am situated where I am – too many other interesting (local, even) choices abound. But if in Canmore on a brisk autumn afternoon – a few rounds of this would really hit the spot.

Brady White

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